Nutcracker Week – Arabian and Waltz of the Flowers Makeup!

Good afternoon Leaps readers!

My performance weekend is already over! I can’t even believe how fast it went! I am so excited to be able to look back on this weekend with joy and fond memories! I was SO happy with the way my makeup turned out yesterday, and it was tricky figuring out what kind of makeup to do because I had to have a face that fit the Arabian variation and Waltz of the Flowers. My director told us to have our makeup be more fitting for Flowers, so this is what I came up with! Of course, I used my TooFaced Sugar Plum Fun palette!! This was the best time and way to use it!

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I used Ballerinas in my crease, and buffed it into the outer and inner v as well! This shade is a beautiful transition shade. I then used Land of Sweets to deepen my crease, and darken the outer and inner v slightly. I tried to make sure the Ballerinas crease color was still visible when adding the darker color. I pat onto my lid Magic Touch so the center of my eyelid would glisten as it caught the stage lights! I also highlighted my inner corner, and lower lash line with Magic Touch. I used Purple Peppermint to darken the outer v and dusted what was left of it into my inner v as well.

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To complete the eye look, I lined the outer portion of my lower lash line with Land of Sweets! I used e.l.f. Cosmetics Expert Liner to create an upper and lower wing! These double wings are appropriate for both Arabian and Flowers roles. I highlighted my brow bone with Tutus and Tiaras. I used my Essence Princess Lash mascara to lengthen and define my eyelashes, and e.l.f./Chella brow products to fill and define my brows!

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Here is what the makeup looked like with my Arabian costume on! I wore my favorite stage lip – Colourpop UltraMatte Liquid Lipstick in the shade Mama.

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This makeup turned out great! The eyeshadows lasted all day (through two shows), and never creased! The colors were PERFECT for both roles I played, and the Sugar Plum Fun palette was the perfect complement to my costumes! What do you think of this makeup? Did you use the same palette for character performance roles?

I will be writing one last Nutcracker post to show you some photographs from the shows! I hope you enjoyed this post, and took away some makeup combination ideas for your own shows or everyday makeup looks!

Let me know what you think of it! Happy Nutcracker Season, and Happy Holidays!

xoxoxo

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TooFaced SugarPlum Fairy Makeup Set

OMG YOU GUYS! THIS IS THE BEST HOLIDAY PALETTE RELEASE EVER!!!

As we all know, each year TooFaced comes out with a gift set that is their special gift set for the holiday season! Most years the gift sets are available to buy via Home Shopping Network (HSN) and specialty suppliers like Ulta and Sephora. Well this year – TooFaced created the cutest holiday gift set that is specific only to HSN! On the release day, November 2nd, I flipped on the HSN to see what the TooFaced special deal was. And the deal of the day happened to be the TooFaced holiday set!

This year, the set is inspired by the Nutcracker!! Specifically, the Sugar Plum Fairy! This set includes the Sugar Plum Fun palette, which has shades with names inspired by the ballet/land of sweets! Not only does it include this special edition and ADORABLE palette, it includes 3 full-sized extras! Here’s what you get!

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  1.  Sugar Plum Fun Eyeshadow Palette
  2. Full-size Better than Sex Mascara
  3.  Full-size 24-hour Shadow Insurance Eyelid Primer
  4.  Full-size La Creme Color Drenched Lipstick – Sugar Fairy (warm peachy nude)

Because the 2nd was it’s launch day with HSN, the price was $49 with FREE SHIPPING!! The deal was so amazing, and because I am dancing in my first Nutcracker ever this year, I decided to buy it for myself to celebrate all of my hard work! The day of the launch, HSN also had a 4 payment flex-pay option to pay $12.25 a month for four months for the set. So with tax and the flex pay, I spent about $15 and change to get this home to me so I can play with it! I AM SO EXCITED TO GET THIS IN THE MAIL THIS WEEK!

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I cannot forget to mention the adorable packaging! The gift box and palette have this adorable Supar Plum Fairy ballerina on it, and inside the mirror is bordered by a stage curtain, a Nutcracker, and another fairy.  Tell me your inner dance child is not screaming!! The shades look perfect for everyday wear, and it will be nice to have a neutral palette to work with since most palettes I own have really warm red and orange color schemes.

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After the launch day, this set increased in price to $60, and is still available for purchase! The HSN website says that this set is worth over $115, so $60 for everything you get is still an amazing deal! Again, this is an HSN exclusive, so you can only order it on HSN.com! If you want to purchase it, you can do so at this www.hsn.com/products/too-faced-hsn-exclusive-sugar-plum-fun-makeup. (This is not an affiliate link!).

I really hope you all can get your hands on this amazing holiday exclusive like me! If you also ordered it please let me know so we can obssess over it together!

Did you order this palette? Are you going to? What is on your holiday makeup wishlist?

xoxo Happy Nutcracker Season!! ❤

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Autumn Leaves Inspired Eyes

Hi beauty lovers!

I created a really beautiful look with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette on Friday, resembling the colors of the changing fall leaves!

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I used Burnt Orange and buffed it into my crease and the inner and outer v of my eyelid. Then I took Red Ochre and darkened my outer v, inner v, and crease with it. I took a small amount of Venetian Red and darkened just the outer v a little bit more! Then I spread Primavera all over my the center of my eyelid!

My lashes are the Essence Cosmetics Lash Princess! This mascara makes my lashes sooo long! My lip color is a new favorite from e.l.f. cosmetics! It’s their Tinted Lip Oil in Mocha Kiss! It is not sticky at all, is very pigmented, and smells like mocha! It is the perfect subtle/neutral complement to this pigmented eye makeup.

What do you all think of this look? I loved how warm the colors are, and how the golds and oranges mimick the colors of the changing trees! Let me know what you think!

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xoxo

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Battle of the Mascaras – I Need YOUR Help!

Hi beautiful readers!

I’ve been wanting to do this for a while, and I think now is the perfect time to try my experiment since I am prepping for a big dance concert. I am going to have a mascara battle royale – or a mascara battle – to see which drug store waterproof mascara is the best mascara to wear to rehearsal and the gym!

I am always looking for a good mascara to wear when I workout because I don’t wear a lot of makeup when I am training, and mascara is usually the only beauty product I apply before a good sweat. A few weeks ago on my Facebook page I asked my followers what mascara they believed was the best mascara to workout in! I only received a few comments – one of which mentioned the Maybelline Lash Stiletto Waterproof formula. I myself am partial to the L’Oreal Voluminous Original Waterproof Mascara.

Nonetheless, I need you all to comment your favorite drugstore mascara you like to wear to the gym or to rehearsal – anywhere you sweat a lot – so I can choose which mascaras are going to battle! There will be a few criteria I will base my judgements on!

  1. Application/Formula – How does the mascara apply? How mant coats do I need to get my desired length/volume/etc.? How does it smell? Is the formula wet, dry, clumpy, smooth, etc.?
  2. Wearability – How does the mascara hold up through my workout? Does it smear or smudge? Flakes? Does it drip into my eyes and burn them while I sweat?
  3. Removal – How easily does the formula remove with vaseline? Is it gentle on my lashes when removing? Is there residue left behind on my lashes at the base or tip?

Using these three criteria as my grading rubric, I will choose between 3-5 different mascaras to test out! This not only will give me the chance to wear them during different dance and fitness classes, but it will also encourage me to get my ass in the gym more often to test the different formulas!

Please feel free to leave comments below! I really want to know your favorites!

Thank you for all of your help in advance!

Xoxo

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